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cardinals, the day started like a pep rally, cheered on by students heading for the priesthood, they left the college where they had been staying for the secret world of the conclave. cardinal anglo sodano, dean of the college of cardinals, used his homily to deliver an appeal for unity and not so thinly veiled reference to increasingly public differences among the princes of the church. a cardinal who took part in the last conclave said taking the oath of secrecy in front of michaelangelo's fresco of the last judgment was "almost overwhelming." the practice of only cardinals electing a pope began in 1056. >> extra ominous. exit everyone. >> reporter: locking them in came 200 years later to help speed up the process. but there is no campaigning inside the sistine chapel according to respected author father thomas reese. >> all the discussion, all the debate, that happens outside the
chapel. in the chapel it's an atmosphere of prayer, it's a silence except when they're counting the votes. >> reporter: the first full day of voting begins tomorrow. ballots will be burned twice a day until someone achieves a two-thirds majority-- a minimum of 77 votes. today's vote was the equivalent of a primary. in the next round, the cardinals will get down to narrowing the lists to the front-runners. scott? >> pelley: allen, thanks. there are carefully scripted procedures for the voting. each cardinal writes his choice on an anonymous paper ballot-- disguising his handwriting. an carries it to the altar and places it in an urn. then the ballots are counted strung together with thread and burned, along with any notes the cardinals might have made. the results of each vote are recorded, sealed, and give on to the future pope. they can be opened only with his permission. those are the mechanics of the voting, but what about the
politics? that's mark phillips' story tonight. >> reporter: the winds of change are speeding up over the vatican. the conclave vote will determine which way they blow. electing a pope is a political as well as religious event. there are serious fault lines in the college of cardinals. some are traditionalists, many of them in the entrenched vatican establishment. and some are reformers, mostly non-italians who think the church's creaking bureaucracy and secretive ways are at the root of its problems. but as marco tossatti, who's been covering the vatican for 40 years says, the cardinals also split into sometimes surprising camps. the reformist standard bearer is italian cardinal anglo scola but -- >> scola is italian but certainly the italians will not vote for him. (laughs). >> reporter: scola's support actually comes from outside italy. but it doesn't come from the
u.s. cardinals who are thought to support new york candidate timothy dolan-- at least to start. then they may switch to o'malley of boston. the traditionalist candidate is supported by the so-called diplomatic cardinals-- the italians based at the vatican. but odilo scherer is actually from brazil. >> the diplomacy cardinals will vote scherer, i don't know how much successfully. >> they're lovely fantasies. (laughs). >> reporter: father thomas rosica of the vatican's spokesman's office, dismisses that. but everyone agrees the papacy is wide open and that a non- european pope-- even one from the americas-- is possible. >> it's no longer the superpower can't possibly give us a pope. i think people are looking to the great countries of canada and the united states, for example, is offering very significant leaders. >> reporter: the traditionalists want to get the church back to its core values. the reformers effectively want to rebrand the church with an
acceptable pope, accessible pope who can restructure and modernize it. that's the way, scott, they think they can get people back to the pews. >> pelley: mark phillips in st. peter's square. mark, thank you. among the cardinals voting here is the retired archbishop of los angeles, roger mahoney. well, back in l.a. today, an attorney for the archdiocese confirmed that it will pay nearly $10 million to settle four cases of alleged sex abuse by a former priest. recently released files show mahoney covered up the history of molesting children there. in colorado, james holmes was back in court today to hear the charges against him in that movie theater massacre. he did not enter a plea so the judge entered a not guilty plea for him and set a trial date of august 5. barry petersen was in the courtroom. >> reporter: holmes' appearance has changed. he now has a full beard and his
hair is longer than it's been si since his first court hearing right after the arrest. but his attitude is the same. staring ahead, seemingly impassive. he didn't appear to acknowledge his parents who had come from california for the arraignment. they sat silently through it all. the defense team asked for a delay saying it needed more time to prepare motions concerning a possible plea of not guilty by insanity. such a plea would mean holmes would be examined by doctors hired by the state. if they concluded that holmes was sane, that evidence could be presented to a jury, damaging any claim of insanity. when the judge entered a simple "not guilty" on holmes' behalf he told the defense it could change the plea by adding "by reason of insanity" at a later date once the questions of disclosure are resolved. the shooting inside the aurora theater on july 20 killed 12 and wounded 70. victims and family members attended the hearing. marcus weaver was shot in the
shoulder, elbow, both legs, and a foot. if holmes ultimately pleads guilty, accepting blame and spares the families more court hearings, weaver would favor a sentence of life without parole. but not if holmes tries to get off by claiming insanity. >> someone who can carry out something so, like, precise, so -- with the bombs in his house and all those things, there's absolutely no way that someone would think he's insane. >> reporter: when i asked weaver if he would support the death penalty under those circumstances he said "absolutely." the prosecution is back at this courthouse on april 1 to announce if it will seek the death penalty which in colorado, scott, is carried out by lethal injection. >> pelley: a long road to the trial. barry, thank you very much. today we saw the first movement in congress toward greater gun control since the newtown massacre.
a senate committee passed a bill that would require federal background checks for nearly all gun purchases, including those made at gun shows. the bill will now go to the full senate. azithromycin is one of the most popular antibiotics around. nearly 55 million prescriptions are written for it in the united states every year. well, today the f.d.a. warned of a rare but potentially deadly side effect so we asked dr. jon lapook to tell us what we need to know. >> reporter: the f.d.a. review add study from last year finding that patients treated with azithromycin, commonly sold as a z-pak were two and a half times more likely to die from cardiovascular causes than patients receiving another antibiotic, amoxicillin. dr. wayne ray was one of the study authors. >> we learned that azithromycin, previously thought to be pretty neutral from the cardiovascular perspective does seem to have
cardiovascular risks so with that information doctors can usema the procedures they already do to prescribe it more safely. >> reporter: the f.d.a. said the antibiotic may contribute to a fatal irregular heart beat especially patients with known cardiac conditions. other antibiotics-- for example lev quinn-- have also been linked to irregular rhythms. the study authors estimated 47 additional cardiovascular deaths may occur for every one million courses of azithromycin. with so many prescriptions of azithromycin written last year the f.d.a. felt a warning was warranted. >> pelley: well, jon the incidents of death seem to be very rare. what is it doctors and patients should do with this information? >> scott, from the patients' point of view, they need to refrain from pushing their doctors to prescribe antibiotics when it's not needed, for example for a viral infection, the common cold, the flu, those are not treatable by antibiotics and from the doctors' point of view, we need to think very carefully what's the medical history of the patient that i'm treating before giving a
antibiotic because perhaps there's something in there that puts them at increased risk of a bad side effect and maybe there's just another antibiotic i can use that's safer. >> pelley: jon, thanks very much. james clapper, the director of national intelligence, told congress today that attacks by computer are now a bigger threat to americans than terrorism. clapper said the computer technology is evolving so quickly it is hard for security experts to keep up. an american black hawk helicopter crashed last night in kandahar province in southern afghanistan. all five americans on board were killed. it's not clear what caused the crash. it was just yesterday that two u.s. troops were shot dead by a man wearing an afghan police uniform, so now with seven dead yesterday was the deadliest day for american forces in afghanistan this year. will a new pope give women a greater role in the church?
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here's dean reynolds. >> reporter: their voices are stronger and more assertive now. ♪ do not cast me away -- ♪ >> reporter: as women of faith seek a more prominent role in the church they love. victoria fleming, the cantor at our lady of the brook church in north brook, illinois, is typical and to the point. you think there should be women priests? >> yes. i think that women are highly capable and able to manage the emotional needs and the more practical needs of an organization and i think women would do a great job. >> reporter: a cbs news/"new york times" poll found two- thirds of american catholics agree with her on women in the priesthood. change number one. >> female deacons. there's no reason that deacons couldn't be female. >> reporter: a deacon is an ordained cleric a level beneath a priest who can marry and baptize catholics.
the church has been debating whether women can do that job for half a century. >> she will possess the gift of god. >> reporter: father bill tkachuk is the pastor. he acknowledges the vital role of women in his parish. do they deserve a greater voice? >> yes. i understand the tension for a woman today, but i also understand the struggle for the church to say but this is 2,000 years of thinking a certain way and so is god really asking us to change this? can we do? do we have the authority to change this? >> the doctrine was man-made right? the ministry of christ was as pure as can be. and ever since christ left it in the hands of man that's when things started to screw up. >> reporter: victoria fleming and others we interviewed cited a vatican investigation of a group that represents american nuns. the church hierarchy said the nuns were too focused on helping
the poor while remaining silent on abortion and accused them of radical feminist themes incompatible with the catholic faith. >> the bishops, the cardinals, they are the ones in charge, they tier ones who are making the rules and, like any political structure that has a power structure to it, they're going to be motivated to maintain the status quo. >> reporter: but she believes the status quo is unacceptable that new voices are praying for attention and that the church would do well to listen. dean reynolds, cbs news, north brook, illinois. >> pelley: well, you may have noticed we've been dodging rain drops the last couple of days in vatican city. in other parts of europe, it's been snowing and it doesn't take much to shut down paris. just a few inches of snow brought traffic to a standstill. it was worse in germany. there was a 100-car pileup on an icy highway outside frankfurt. at least 20 people were hurt. an honor for a familiar face. we'll have that story in just a
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finally tonight, st. peter's basilica was filled this week with 42 voices from houston, the choir of saint anne's church received a rare invitation to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the basilica's choir. the trip was planned years ago; but just before they left texas, the singers heard the news, they would miss the pope but they would witness history. [ singing ] >> reporter: we caught up with the voices of saint anne's choir in a rome hotel rehearsing for their date in st. peter's. jim ross has led the choir for 20 years. >> reporter: how do you get invited? >> the first time we came to rome was in 2005, in april. pope john paul ii died on april 2. so we came here two days after he died. we thought, we're going to miss
this. but then it was very serendipitous; just by chance, they knew we were here. and i got a call the night before asking if we would sing. my answer, would i consider it? this is incredible! >> reporter: when you get the invitation, you can hardly believe it. >> that's true. so we came again, planning, hoping to see pope benedict xvi after the mass. but, however, he resigned two days before we left. >> reporter: you don't have great luck with popes. >> i have been asked often, will you come back again? and i like to think third time is the charm. [ singing ] >> reporter: steve simco is a children's cancer doctor in houston. for his first trip to rome, he learned a gregorian chant written around the 10th century. [ gregorian chant ] >> reporter: how does the gregorian chant go?
>> gregorian chant is a very linear thing where you often will sing a lot of notes for one syllable. for instance -- would you object if i sang? >> reporter: absolutely not. >> so just to say a simple "lord have mercy" would be "kyrie eleison, christe eleison," ♪ [ music ]♪ >> it's almost as though our prayers are singing themselves. >> reporter: what is the feeling when you see your choir, hear your choir in st. peter's basilica? >> there's no way to believe that i'm here in st. peter's
with the people i have known so long. it's an out-of0body experience, out of time, out of space, because we are just ourselves as a group; but we have been transported to this place. ♪ [ music ]♪ >> we're singing the same music we sing for the community of saint anne's on a sunday, and yet we're doing it in this incredible space with all of these people here with all of the hierarchy and in front of this altar, the altar of the chair. ♪ amen >> reporter: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night from rome. i'm allen martin. >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald. good evening, i'm elizabeth
cook. >> i'm allen martin. he spent 14 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit. now a bay area man is leaving that long dark chapter of his life behind and planning his future as a free man. >> it's been a learning experience, a long journey. >> reporter: humble words from johnny williams, who in 2000 was convicted of sex crimes of a child in his neighborhood when back then no dna evidence was done on evidence. >> i needed help for the truth to come out. >> reporter: until a few days ago he was in prison for the crimes. >> elated we finally got to this point. >> reporter: and he might have stayed locked up except he wrote this letter one of thousands received by the california "innocence project." >> i didn't know what to expect, but i knew there were some good people and i have seen them help other people in a time of need. and bam, god blessed me. >> reporter: the federally funded program tracks down forgotten dna evidence in criminal cases such as rape and
murder and retests the dna in independent labs a process that can take years. but williams wasn't going anywhere and was patient. >> every time we have a person who spent 14 years in custody and who does exist and went through that, and we went that to the public, that's when people are going to say, my -- you're right! it that really does happen. it isn't just television. >> reporter: the alameda county d.a. provided the victim's shirt which after testing showed williams' dna was not a match. his patience had paid off. >> i have never been mad at anyone because everything happens for a reason. >> reporter: while he makes plans tore his new--- for his new-found freedom, the clear and present uncertainty for the victim's family isn't lost on johnny williams. >> i can't help them but i'm hoping that the oakland police as soon as possible very quickly can find the real person that committed that crime. >> here's the other thing. williams's exoneration means
his name can now be off the sex offender registry and eligible for compensation $100 for every day wrongfully spent in prison. a south bay daycare teacher is under arrest after admitting to spiking toddler drinks with sleeping pills. kpix 5's len ramirez tells us many parents didn't find out until they saw her on the news. len. >> reporter: that's right, elizabeth. some parents knew that something was up on friday when they heard this teacher was fired but weren't told by the daycare center what happened or why she was let go. that was until today when the story broke and you can imagine what the reactions were from parents, many of them came down here to pick up their children to take them away from this daycare center. the kiddie academy of morgan hill was open for business, but the daycare was losing kids throughout the day as word spread that one of the daycare's teachers admitted to spiking toddlers'